About– Wreck of the Nebula Dream

A reimagining of the Titanic disaster set in the far future among the stars…

 2013 SFR Galaxy Award Winner!  

Laurel Wreath Award  Finalist

Amazon Science Fiction Adventure Best Seller!

Dear Author Review:

Jayne at DA says, in part:

“…I was 4 chapters into this story when it dawned on me that I was lost in it and totally concentrating on this created world….The details of the doomed Titanic’s fate are cleverly re imagined in a space voyage…the tension builds, then recedes just a little, then increases, then is countered just a bit, then smacks the reader around some more before smacking the characters even worse. And then when I think this must be it, they’re safe, right? they aren’t. Safe that is….”

5 Star Review from Mark at The Masquerade Crew:

“What a rush!

After a little bit of set up, this story won’t let you go. It’s got action, adventure, and a dash of romance. It pays homage to it’s Titanic origins without being cheesy or overdone. The characters are not only believable but different from one another—like real people—which is sometimes hard to achieve. ”

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The Story

Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.

All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.

But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?

VS: I wrote two sequels to the novel, following what happened to various survivors after the wreck. I did a lot of research on survivors of the actual Titanic disaster and how their lives went on.


The survivors of a terrible wreck meet again—but this time only one can survive.

The long-awaited sequel to The Wreck of the Nebula Dream

They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.

Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?

D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady.  Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.

But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer. Will allies Nick and Mara Jameson arrive in time to aid the couple, or will Khevan and Twilka’s ingenuity be all that stands between them and death?

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VS: The three books are also available as a box set!

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More Reviews, Trivia & Research for WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM:

5 Star Review from Mark at The Masquerade Crew:

“What a rush!

After a little bit of set up, this story won’t let you go. It’s got action, adventure, and a dash of romance. It pays homage to it’s Titanic origins without being cheesy or overdone. The characters are not only believable but different from one another—like real people—which is sometimes hard to achieve. ”

“… I’d read it again… it’s an adrenaline rush ride…It has action, adventure and tension. It’s also just a little bit of romance, and it has a satisfying ending. The writing is excellent and it’s easy to read.”
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Thrilling scifi action will have you enjoying this take on the Titanic story.  …  The twist on the story makes the time honored tale fresh and delightful.  I found the characters to be lovable and strong when it comes down to do or die.  I can’t imagine another disaster like the Titanic happening, but I would hope there would be a “Nick” on every ship sailing.  This is an easy read and you’ll be thinking about it for days after you read it. “

*Early in the book, a character refuses to board the ship, citing a frightening dream she’d had. After the Titanic  in 1912 there were many reports of people having had psychic foretelling of the disaster.

*The main character, Nick, tours the ship and is told there are notes being taken on things to be fixed or upgraded. On the Titanic, the meticulous shipbuilder Thomas Andrews was keeping just such a list.

*Nick reads the label on the lifeboat he’s loading, about how many people can safely board, then does calculations how many more he can really allow. On the Titanic many of the lifeboats were launched seriously underfilled. The manufacturer had tested the boats with 65 big, beefy men and hence many more women and children could have been safely loaded into the boats.

*For years my grandfather’s  family has claimed a second class female passenger who survived as having been a distant relation. Now, in the age of internet searches, etc., I’m not so sure – she has the distinctive last name (by marriage it turns out) but the other facts don’t seem very conclusive to me…so I’m not going to  claim her!

* A “character”  in the book is named Huntington, after my youngest daughter’s cat

*In the 1958 movie A Night to Remember, the actor playing the Irish steerage passenger who sings is a dead ringer for my own Irish-descent father! (But isn’t LOL)

*Ok, more A Night to Remember trivia – Sean Connery had an uncredited bit part as a deckhand!

*Although this novel was quite a while ago, certain events I invented for my plot do bear an uncanny resemblance to aspects of the crash of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia. Can’t say more without revealing spoilers.


Here are some of the many books and websites I’ve consulted over the years in my fascination with the sinking of the Titanic:

Walter Lord, A Night to Remember

Walter Lord, The Night Lives On: The Untold Stories and Secrets Behind the Sinking of the Unsinkable Ship – Titanic

Hugh Brewster, Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic’s First-Class Passengers and Their World

Rich Archbold, Last Dinner on the Titanic: Menus and Recipes from the Great Liner

Archibald Gracie, Titanic – A Survivor’s Story

Donald Hyslop, Alastair Forsyth, Memories from the Fateful Voyage

Lawrence Beesley, Loss of the S.S. Titanic – Its Stories and Lessons

Charles Lightoller, Titanic and Other Ships

Violet Jessup, Titanic Survivor

Robert D. Ballard and Michael S. Sweeney, Return to Titanic

Wyn Craig Wade, The Titanic, End of a Dream

United States Senate Committee on Commerce, The Titanic Disaster Hearings

Susan Wells, Forward by William F. Buckley, Titanic – Legacy of the World’s Greatest Ocean Liner

Encyclopedia Titanica

Titanic Universe